The Jackson County girls’ swimming team finished third out of 12 teams in the North Regionals in Dalton Saturday (Jan. 25).
The state meet is ahead Feb. 7-8 at Georgia Tech.
Emily Giles placed second in the 50-yard freestyle and fourth in the 100-yard freestyle, while Desi Quiles took second in the 100-yard butterfly, lowering her state-qualifying time by a second. She also placed fifth in the 100-yard breaststroke.
The girls’ 200-yard medley relay team (Kayla Sheppard, Olivia Baker, Quiles and Giles) placed third, breaking a school record in the prelims and breaking it again in the finals.
Other top swimmers for the Panthers were:
•Sheppard, sixth, 200-yard individual medley; 11th, 100-yard breaststroke.
•Lauren Seagraves, seventh, 200-yard individual medley.
•Madelyn English, eighth, 100-yard backstroke.
•Cassie Jones, eighth, 200-yard freestyle.
•Alyssa Haley, 10th, 200-yard freestyle.
•Olivia Baker, 10th, 100-yard breaststroke.
•English, Jones, Seagraves, Jenny Cook, 12th, 200-yard medley relay.
•Seagraves, Haley, Cook and Jones, 13th, 200-yard freestyle.
The boys’ team placed 11th. Christian Honeycutt earned the top finish for the Panthers, placing eighth in the 100-yard breaststroke. He also finished 11th in the 100-yard freestyle.